FATE OF KENYAN DEPUTY PRESIDENT IN HANDS OF ICC JUDGES

By Eric Biegon

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, The fate of kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and former radio journalist Joshua arap Sang, who face charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) here, is now in the hands of the ICC judges.

Ruto and Sang have effectively submitted their motions that they have no case to answer while the office of the ICC Prosecutor and the victims’ representatives has subsequently rebuffed any attempt to terminate the cases.

Ruto and Sang argue that the cases against them have no basis even as the prosecution insists that volumes of evidence so far adduced demonstrate the two have a case to answer.

It has been an eventful week at the ICC as Ruto and Sang sought to rally the judges at the ICC to throw out the cases facing them for lack of evidence.

Both defence teams maintained that there was no need for them to institute defence against the prosecution since their clients had no case to answer, and as such submitted their no case to answer motions.

But victim’s lawyer Wilfred Nderitu and prosecution lawyer Anton Steynberg charged that the volumes of evidence they have so far produced in the two cases indeed demonstrate that the two have a case to answer.

Nderitu and Steynberg maintained that Ruto and Sang must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the evidence against them cannot stand a trial.

Defence lawyers, however, are of the view that the submissions by the office of the prosecutor are desperate attempts to salvage cases that are as good as dead.

Source: KBC